LUBBOCK, TX. (AP) - Texas Tech watched its five-run lead slip away in the top of the seventh as New Mexico plated six runs and the Lobos went on to hand the Red Raiders their first loss of the season 13-10 on Tuesday evening at Dan Law Field.
The loss drops Tech to 4-1 overall while New Mexico improved to 4-1 and has now won four-straight since an opening day setback to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The Red Raiders seemed to have the game on cruise control until things fell apart in the top of the seventh. The Lobos took advantage of freshman Louis Head and Brian Cloud as the two relievers combined for two hit batters, three walks and three hits. Head was charged with five of the New Mexico runs in the inning, but it was Cloud's run that was the difference as New Mexico grabbed an 11-10 lead. Daniel Gonzalez' two-RBI single tied the game for the Lobos at 10-10 while Mike Brownstein's RBI groundout gave them the lead.
New Mexico relievers Cole White and Clinton Cox held the Tech offense at bay over the next three innings as the two combined for scoreless relief. Cox' perfect ninth inning gave him his first save of the season.
After surrendering a solo home run to New Mexico's Max Willett in the top of the first, the Red Raiders came storming back in their half of the inning to grab a 3-1 lead. Junior shortstop Joey Kenworthy plated Tech's first run of the night with an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch to give the Red Raiders their first lead. Freshman catcher Kevin Whitehead picked up the first of his two hits on the day as he drove in Chris Richburg with an RBI single through the right side.
The Lobos roughed up Tech starter Nate Karns in the top of the second to the tune of four runs on four hits (three doubles) and seized a 5-3 lead. Tech would turn to its bullpen in the third for freshman left-hander Ben Flora who then held the Lobos in check over the next 2 1/3 innings as he allowed just one hit and struckout four.
Chris Richburg gave the Tech offense a jolt in the bottom of the second when he blasted a three-run home run over the left field wall to give the Red Raiders a 7-5 lead.
Cloud (1-1) was charged with the loss for the Red Raiders as he allowed three runs on five hits and walked four in the final three innings of the game. Gabe Aguilar (1-0) picked up the win for New Mexico in relief as he logged 1 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit and walked one.